STILL IN |
On February 15, I learned that President Pompidou had
written Colonel Banzer a "forceful and urgent" letter. Later I heartily
endorsed what it said:
Time wipes out many things, but not all.
Unless their sense of justice is sadly tarnished, Frenchmen cannot permit
crimes and sacrifices to be lumped together and then forgotten through
The Bolivian government assigned the Barbie case
to their Supreme Court. Its justices had been appointed after Colonel Banzer's
putsch of August 1971, when their predecessors were removed long before the end
of their term.
Mme. Lazurick, the owner of L'Aurore, answered my
call for help and got me two plane tickets. Not only did she appreciate my
furnishing her paper with so much material, but she was as eager as Ito see
Barbie brought to trial. But I could not persuade Barbie's victim, Mme.
Lagrange, to go with me. She wrote:
I want to assure you that I will be with
you in La Paz in spirit, and if I do not go with you, it is because all the
associations concerned have asked me to postpone going until the Bolivian
government replies to our President's letter. This is not to say that I want to
hamper the progress of justice, but to assure you that later on, if positive
identification is necessary and can be arranged, I will be ready to go then.